Attractions in Slovakia

Attractions in Slovakia

Slovakia – places of interest

Slovakia has a large number of the most diverse sights and attractions to offer. Visit for Slovakia a fascinating combination of culture and beautiful nature.

You should definitely not miss the St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, as it is one of the most important sacred buildings in the city. The church was built in the Gothic style between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

From the middle of the fifteenth century to the end of the eighteenth it was the coronation church of the Hungarian kings. The famous Queen Maria Theresa was also crowned here. In the crypt of the cathedral there are numerous secular and also spiritual buried dignitaries.

One should also have seen the baroque church of the Elizabethine Sisters. The single-nave baroque church was built in Bratislava in the middle of the seventeenth century.

You should also see the Ursuline Church. It was built in 1659. During this time, the Ursulines were mainly responsible for the education of middle-class girls.

The church of St. Ladislav is also worth a detour. The church and the four-wing hospital of the city of Bratislava were built around the same time at the beginning of the eighteenth century on the site of the destroyed hospital.

The Franciscan Church is something special. It was built in Bratislava towards the end of the thirteenth century. The single-nave church has a wonderful romantic-Gothic portal. The tower of the church is a replica, as the original had become dilapidated over the years and had to be removed.

Slovakia still has a far greater number of sacred buildings to offer than those previously mentioned.

One should also have seen the Brammerhaus. It is located in the sugar almond district of Bratislava. The Brammerhaus is now home to the Museum of Hungarian Art.

Also worth a visit is the Bratislava Castle, which is estimated to be almost two thousand years old. The exact date of construction can no longer be traced. What is certain is that it was rebuilt in the fifteenth century by the Hungarian Emperor Sigismund. Today you can not only visit the castle, but also the archaeological, historical and art collections of the Slovak National Museum.

Devin Castle is also interesting. It was built in the thirteenth century. But in 1809 it was blown up by Napoleon’s soldiers. Excavations began in 1965 and the castle was partially reconstructed.

Zipser Castle, one of the largest castle complexes in Europe, is also worth a detour. Since it has been added on and rebuilt here over the centuries, all styles of the different epochs can be found on the building. For several years the castle has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The listed farming village of Vlkolinec has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The village can be found in eastern Slovakia. The unique architecture of the place is completely carved out of wood and brightly painted and absolutely unique.
You should also see the mining town of Banska Stiavnica, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for some time.

The Mirbachpalais was built in the Rococo style. The building has housed the Bratislava Municipal Gallery since 75.

The Paulipalais is worth seeing. It was built around the end of the seventeenth century. The famous artist Franz Liszt is already cranked up here.

Slovakia has many other historical buildings to offer.

The country still has some interesting natural beauties to offer, such as the Slovensky National Park, the Pleninen National Park and the caves in the Slovak Karst.

Slovakia – traveling in the country

Rail: the railways of the Slovak Republic ( eleznice Slovenskej Republiky) offer their passengersan inexpensive and efficient service.

Car: for the use of the Slovak Highways marked in green, the vehicles must be equipped with a corresponding motorway vignette (Nalepka) on the windshield. The vignettes are available at border crossings and petrol stations. In Slovakia, parking regulations should always be observed and parking tickets should be bought as there are frequent controls.

Bus: Intercity buses are operated by the Slovak transport company Slovenská autobusová doprava (SAD). There are timetables on the Internet. Who travel with the bus should note that there are significantly fewer buses on the weekends.

Local transport: city ​​buses and trams in Slovakia usually from 4.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. Tickets are available in all public transport offices, newspaper kiosks and ticket machines. They have to be validated when boarding.

Bicycle: the streets in Slovakia are often narrow, in the cities cobblestones and tram tracks can be dangerous for cyclists. Bicycles should always be well secured against theft. The cost of transporting a bicycle by train is usually ten percent of the fare.

Slovakia – how to get there

Airplane: most flights with links Sky Europe (NE) offers between Bratislava and more than 20 cities across Europe. Slovak Airlines (6Q) connects the Slovak capital with Brussels and Moscow, for example. Czech Airlines (OK) connects Bratislava with Prague and Košice, among others. Intercontinental flights start from Vienna International Airport(VIE) in Austria. There are hourly bus connections to the airport, which is about 60 kilometers from Bratislava.

Airports: Flights from all over Europe land at MR Štefánika Airport (BTS) in Bratislava.

Ship: the Slovak shipping and port company (Slovenská plavba a prístavy) operates hydrofoils for the Danube traffic, among other things. From April to September there are daily boats to Budapest and Vienna.

Train: Direct rail connections several times a day bring travelers from Bratislava to Vienna (travel time one hour), Prague (four and a half hours) and Budapest (three hours). A night train runs regularly between Bratislava and Moscow (around 32 hours travel time), another goes to Warsaw (ten and a half hours). There is a train to Kiev every day.

Car: if you want to travel to Slovakia by car, you need a driver’s license as well as the green insurance certificate and the vehicle documents. The vehicles must also be equipped with a first aid kit and a warning triangle.

Bus: Eurolines connects Bratislava with most major European cities. For example, buses run to several times a week Munich (eight hours travel time), London (travel time 23 hours) and several times a day to Vienna (travel time one hour).

Attractions in Slovakia